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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Indra (2625) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 8, 2009
Draft. Faint smoke and roast in the aroma, along with toffee, earth and a touch of sweetness. Dark brown-black color, head is tan and fine. Flavor matches the aroma pretty closely, with faint smoke in the background, coffee, sweet and creamy notes, toffee/caramel, charry wood, and some mild bitterness towards the finish. Low-medium level of effervescence, pretty smooth and largely dry with a medium-full body. Very easy to drink for the style, certainly doesn’t seem like an Imperial at all and the smoke is pretty muted, too. Overall, tasty, just not what I was expecting, I suppose.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - APR 5, 2009
So easy drinking. Very nice. A hint of smoke but not overpowering. Nice roast and very good. Tap @ BT.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2009
On tap @ 1702 - Pours a dark brown color with a small light tan head. The head left nice layers of lacing all the way down the glass. The aroma was light roasted malt and chocolate. The flavor was chocolate, light smoke, and just the right amount of roasted malt. Medium body. Finish was clean with no lingering aftertaste. An excellent smoked porter. SN needs to bottle this bad boy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
highibus (733) - Vail, Arizona, USA - MAR 31, 2009
Light smokiness and some roastiness. Somewhat muted due to temp but really came around after warming. Flavor is roasted barley with a smokey swallow. Lingers nicely. Some chocolate and chestnut. Nice beer though not sure I would call it an impy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (1945) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2009
on tap Ginger Man NYC Pours black with thin head. Smokey chocolate aroma, light meatiness. Smokey coffee flavour with some bitter baker’s chocolate towards the finish. Good balance.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kinz (3307) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Tap at Taco Mac Metropolis. Black, little head. Aroma was a very nice blend of smoky notes with a solid roasty backbone. Flavor matched, with a faint note of bacon present. Good stuff, the smoke was strong without being overpowering. Very well made, nice to see Sierra Nevada making stuff like this. Just not a huge fan of smoky beers.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2009
On tap at the Flying Saucer in KC. Pours a very deep brown, almost black body with a big, light chocolate brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a good amount of runny lacing. Aroma is not the big smoked smell I was expecting. Rather faint and subdued smokiness creeps its way into the mixture. Some unsweetened chocolate, lightly charred grains, and a good amount of wood. Some hints of breakfast coffee and licorice as well. Flavor is similar. Very mild. Lots of wood and unsweetened chocolate. More noticeable amount of smoke comes through and grows larger in the finish, but still fairly light. Some coffee and lightly roasted grains come in during the finish as well as a chalky chocolate linger. Semi-sweet malts throughout with no real fruit flavors except for a bit of licorice. Fairly rich with a medium to full body and dry finish. Overall, not a bad porter. I like the creamy, rich flavor, but if they’re going to claim this as an imperial smoked, I want more campfire.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2009
on tap at papago... poured a darker than usual porter color on the brown side instead of burgundy with a one inch tan head which wants to last but the ’stache destroys it. moderate drippy lacing. the nose is full of buttery caramel, roasty grain, charred wood, chocolate, earth and faint mild sweet smoke. the flavor is surprisingly quite woody... with yeasty notes/savory, caramel, roast, grass and a spiced almost bitter finish. alcohol shows up as it warms and the smokiness gets turned up a notch as well. medium bodied. really creamy and smooth yet dry and ashy. nicely balanced mouth feel with a slight chalky texture. it seems... restrained? 7/4/7/4/16/3.8

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 15, 2009
CASK at O’Brien’s. I was disappointed by a non-imperial beer that didn’t taste particularly smoked. Only a mild grainy alcohol on the nose. Flavor is of their regular porter minus the buttery texture. Smoke is very mild, like the ten-year old bottle of Rogue Smoked I had recently. No chocolate, no coffee, slight roast.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 14, 2009
On On tap at Zeno’s Pub - State College, PA. Aroma throws a light dusting of volcanic soil, stained wood, and hickory char. Rustic, but very quiet. Dark black-brown, with a good half-inch of soft, creamy tan soap. Flavor starts off really slowly, with a quiet chalky tone of cream, caramel, and ash. As it warms, the incredibly minimal smoke character evolves as a bit of white ash and not much else. Overly refined. I want much more smoke. That said, the soft, fuzzy porter that lays below is delicate and nice. A good melange of darker flavors and a sweet backing. Crisp. I like the porter, but not the smoke. Finishes clean and lingers in some hop oils. Alcohol way down.


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